Georgia Newspapers, California Cannabis Access, War of 1812 Pension Index, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, May 29, 2022


Georgia Libraries: Nearly a Century of Georgia Newspapers Now Freely Available Onlineat all Georgia public libraries. “Georgia Public Library Service and the Digital Library of Georgia are pleased to announce the addition of over 53,000 pages of newspapers dating from 1877-1967 to the Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) portal. The portal is the largest provider of free online access to digitized licensed and public domain Georgia newspapers and currently includes titles dating from 1763-2021.”

Marijuana Moment: California Officials Launch New Marijuana Map Revealing Which Areas Are Still Blocking Businesses. “California officials launched a new resource on Thursday, providing people with an interactive map showing where marijuana businesses are permitted—and where they are blocked from opening—throughout the state.”


Geneanet: War of 1812 Pension Index Is Online!. “Geneanet volunteers have completed indexing the National Archives War Of 1812 Pension Index dataset! Learn how this collection can help you locate ancestors who volunteered or were conscripted during the 1812-1815 war between the United States and Great Britain, including its colony Canada.”

Creative Commons: Announcing the winners of CC Open Culture Remix Art Contest 2022 #CCSharesCulture. “In honor of the 20th anniversary of Creative Commons licenses, we launched our first ever Open Culture Remix Art Contest #CCSharesCulture in February 2022 to celebrate a better sharing of cultural heritage around the world. Participants were tasked with creating original artworks in line with this year’s theme of ‘Love Culture? Share Culture!’ by remixing public domain or CC BY-licensed images, paintings, photographs, drawings, etc., digitized in open collections.”

How-To Geek: Chromebooks Get a New “Cursive” App for Handwritten Notes. “Google has been testing its new ‘Cursive’ notetaking application on select Chromebooks, and now it’s officially available on any Chromebook that supports stylus input.”


Android Authority: Master Google Photos with these lesser-known features. “Google Photos was released on May 28, seven years ago, ushering in a new era for photo backups on Android and at large. The service stood out as one of the best photo editing apps thanks to its free unlimited backups, smart categorization, sharing features, and a suite of editing tools. And the feature set has only grown since 2015. Despite having had plenty of time to familiarize ourselves with the app, there are several nifty features that you might have yet to discover.”


WIRED: Who Owns 4chan?. “Even as the imageboard continues to rise in infamy, a question lingers: Who actually owns 4chan? For years, its ownership has been murky: Invented by an American, sold to a Japanese businessman in 2015, its corporate structure is largely unknown, beyond a pair of Delaware-registered corporations. New information, shared exclusively with WIRED, provides greater detail into 4chan’s largely unpublicized relationship with a major Japanese toy firm called the Good Smile Company.”

New York Times: Spyware Vendors Target Android With Zero-Day Exploits. “NSO GROUP AND its powerful Pegasus malware have dominated the debate over commercial spyware vendors who sell their hacking tools to governments, but researchers and tech companies are increasingly sounding the alarm about activity in the wider surveillance-for-hire industry. As part of this effort, Google’s Threat Analysis Group is publishing details on Thursday of three campaigns that used the popular Predator spyware, developed by the North Macedonian firm Cytrox, to target Android users.”

CNET: FCC Looks to Update Rural Broadband Subsidy Program. “The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday [May 19] to begin a process to update a universal service subsidy program meant to get broadband to areas of the country that are the hardest and most expensive to reach. The agency is looking to increase the speed obligation for subsidy recipients to 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads.”


University of Wisconsin-Madison: Researchers aim X-rays at century-old plant secretions for insight into Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage. “…knowing the chemical composition of pigments and binders that Aboriginal Australian artists employ could allow archaeological scientists and art conservators to identify these materials in important cultural heritage objects. Now, researchers are turning to X-ray science to help reveal the composition of the materials used in Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage – starting with the analysis of century-old samples of plant secretions, or exudates.”

University of Washington: ‘I don’t even remember what I read’: People enter a ‘dissociative state’ when using social media. “Researchers at the University of Washington wondered if people enter a similar state of dissociation when surfing social media, and if that explains why users might feel out of control after spending so much time on their favorite app.” Good morning, Internet…

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